Fire officials investigating a fire that killed a mare and her unborn foal recently was caused by an electrical problem. The fire was whipped into a ferocious blaze as strong wind interfered with firefighter efforts.
The fire originally began in the stable on Calamondin Avenue in Canaveral Groves. It was sparked by an apparent electrical malfunction, enabling the flames to progress quickly into a nearby horse trailer, then 200 hay bales and finally the family home.
Fire experts and Investigators are still of the opinion that a malfunction of an electrical source caused the start of this blaze, that grew in force, ripping through the Canaveral Groves home and the horse-breeding barn.
A Brevard County Fire Rescue official Lt. Jeff Taylor said, “Two workers who were installing security cameras in the barn reported the fire at 2:18 p.m.”
Taylor continued, “Residents of the home were away at a horse show when they received notification of the incident and returned to the scene.”
Firefighters, over 35 strong, battled the blaze in a valiant effort to beat back the growing fire. In one minor injury, a firefighter suffered a finger injury during the blaze.
The home sustained considerable damage. The family has been unable to stay in the home and is being helped by the American Red Cross and friends.
Final damage estimates have yet to be finalized. Taylor estimates that total damages may be near $500,000.
The pregnant mare that was killed in the fire was due to foal in just over a week
Source: Florida Today
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